| April 11, 2005

A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

Reviewed by Robin Huskey
Baker Packing Trucking

Listening Time: 34 hours
Publisher: Random House
Retail: $54.95
Genre: Fantasy

Plot: This is a tale that begins at a time when kings rule, and the lords, ladies and soldiers serve them. Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell must decide if he wishes to serve as the king’s hand or destroy the evil Lannisters before they take over the kingdom. When sorcerers become involved, the war begins, and the kingdom must fight enemies from within and without.

What was your favorite moment? When John, the illegitimate son of Lord Stark, makes up his mind to serve at the Wall of Ice, where he has become a man of name at last.

Which character was your favorite? Arya, Lord Stark’s youngest daughter, because she will not fit the mold of what a lady should be. She would rather learn to fight with knives and swords than do needlework.

Did the book have a message that stood out to you? Yes, that all families should stand together as one and believe in each other no matter what.

What did you like or dislike? It was a little hard to get into the story to begin with, but it got much better about tape three. After that you just had to see what happens next.

Would you recommend?: Yes, because it is a good book about what might have happened before time was recorded, and you just enjoy meeting the characters.

Narrator’s style: Roy Dotrice has a good reading voice. However, he does not have the range to make the women sound like women.

How would you grade the book? B+

Black Creek Crossing – John Saul

Reviewed by Tom Burton
Company driver
Marvin Keller Trucking

Listening Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Publisher: Random House
Retail: $25
Genre: Horror

Plot: The two main characters, teenagers Angel and Seth, don’t fit in at their school, but they meet and became friends. Angel’s house on Black Creek Crossing is rumored to be haunted, and the two kids find out a little about witchcraft together.

What was your favorite moment? When they were making potions and spells.

Which character was your favorite? Seth. He just makes you think of how different you can be from your parents and how wrapped up in their lives they can get.

What did you like or dislike? It was hard to get started, but then it brought you around and kept you listening.

Would you recommend?: Only to someone who likes books about spirits and witchcraft.

Narrator’s style: Lee Meriwether has a nice, sweet voice. She is able to change her voice to show different characters.

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